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IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Pro Start Lists: Stage Is Set for The World’s Best to Meet in The French Riviera

August 20, 2019

- Reigning World Champion Daniela Ryf seeks to become first ever to win five IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship titles - Wide open men’s field filled with Olympic and World Champions: Gomez, Brownlee, Kienle and Lange - IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship set to take place in Nice, France on Sept. 7-8, 2019

NICE, France / TAMPA, Fla. (August 19, 2019) – The IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship returns to Europe for the first time since 2015 as more than 5,500 professional and age-group athletes from over 100 countries, regions, and territories will descend upon Nice, France on Sept. 7-8, 2019. Among them will be 115 of the world’s top triathletes who will battle for piece of the $250,000 USD total professional prize purse and the world’s most coveted IRONMAN 70.3 titles – World Champion.

“We are excited to return to Europe and watch the world’s top talent come together in Nice,” said Andrew Messick, President and Chief Executive Officer for IRONMAN. “Nice is an extraordinary location for a world-class professional field to put their talent on display and we look forward to an exciting two-day World Championship event.”

The start of the 1,9 kilometre (1.2 mile) Roka Swim Course takes place on the Quai des Etats-Unis as athletes begin their swim in La baie des Anges. Next, the 91,3 kilometre (56.7 mile) single-loop Ventum Bike Course leads athletes to the mountains surrounding Nice, including Col de Vence. Most notably there is a 9 kilometre (5.6 mile) climb at an average incline of 6.6 percent to reach 962 meters (3,156 feet) above sea level. The 21,2 kilometre (13.1 mile) HOKA ONE ONE Run Course will take athletes on two loops along the world-famous Promenade des Anglais where the finish line is located.

Since 2014, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has been rotating among premier cities around the globe following its early years in Clearwater, Fla. (2006-2010) and Henderson, Nev. (2011-2013). IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship have included picturesque locations like Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (2014); Zell am See, Austria (2015); Queensland, Australia (2016); Chattanooga, Tenn. (2017); and Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa (2018). The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be held on Nov. 28-29 in Taupō, New Zealand. It was announced that the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will return to American soil with St. George, Utah playing host.

Professional Women’s Field – Saturday, September 7, 2019

Since the first IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship was held in 2006 the women’s race has seen 10 different champions from five different countries. Swiss Daniela Ryf has won an event-best four times and could become the first athlete, male or female, to win the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship a fifth time. Together with Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) and Leanda Cave (GBR), Ryf also holds the distinction of having won the IRONMAN World Championship as well the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

Trying to dethrone Ryf will be a stellar group of female triathletes: Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence, who was crowned IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion in 2016 in Queensland (Australia), and Lucy Charles-Barclay, who comes off wins at the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship and IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, are considered strong contenders for the top podium. Also, Germany’s Anne Haug, who placed third at last year’s IRONMAN World Championship and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, has recovered from injury and is eager to build on her reputation as a fierce competitor. Additional global competition will come from Ellie Salthouse (AUS), Emma Pallant (GBR) and Radka Kahlefeldt (CZE), each of whom continue to impress on the IRONMAN 70.3 circuit. With the strong lineup, only one athlete in the field, however, can claim she knows what it takes to win in Nice: Manon Genet of France will be representing the host nation after her commanding victory at last year’s inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Nice triathlon which was held on this year’s championship course.

Below is the pro women’s start list for the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship:

BIB LAST FIRST COUNTRY
1 Ryf Daniela SUI
2 Charles-Barclay Lucy GBR
3 Haug Anne GER
4 Lawrence Holly GBR
5 Oliveira Pâmella BRA
6 Vodičková Kahlefeldt Radka CZE
7 Simmonds Imogen SUI
8 Salthouse Ellie AUS
9 Pallant Emma GBR
10 Philipp Laura GER
12 Goss Lauren USA
14 Chura Haley USA
16 Lee India GBR
17 Crowley Sarah AUS
18 Dingman Danielle USA
19 Genet Manon FRA
20 Hering Jackie USA
21 Langridge Fenella GBR
22 Lester Carrie AUS
23 Norden Lisa SWE
24 Riveros Barbara CHI
25 Sanjana Frankie GBR
26 Sodaro Chelsea USA
27 Svensk Sara SWE
28 Watkinson Annah RSA
29 Bachelder St-Pierre Pamela-Ann CAN
30 Barnett Lauren USA
31 Barrera Anduaga Maria Eugenia MEX
33 Bertucci Gisele BRA
34 Collonge Jeanne FRA
35 Corachan Judith ESP
36 Cravo Luiza BRA
37 Dennis Laura AUS
38 Derron Nina SUI
39 Duke Dimity-Lee AUS
41 Ferreira Amber USA
42 Findlay Paula CAN
43 Ganzon Alexandra PHI
44 Komander Ewa POL
45 Konczalla Leonie GER
46 Laine Kinsey USA
47 Luxem Xenia BEL
48 Olson Rachel USA
49 Palacio Balena Romina ARG
50 Pesch Maddy USA
52 Reischmann Anne GER
53 Rye Katrina GBR
54 Sali Kaisa FIN
55 Sawyer Mariella RSA
56 Schulz Jenny GER
57 Sheedy-Ryan Felicity AUS
58 Steurer Bianca AUT
59 Thek Grace AUS
60 Tondeur Alexandra BEL
61 Watkinson Amelia NZL
63 Wiens Kyra USA
64 Wood Laura NZL

Professional Men’s Field – Sunday, September 8, 2019

On the men’s side, two-time IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Javier Gomez of Spain will be the man to beat. The five-time ITU short-distance World Champion and four-time ETU European Champion has set his sights on recapturing the title that Jan Frodeno of Germany stripped from him last year. Gomez, who won the race in 2014 in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (CAN) and in 2017 in Chattanooga, Tennessee (USA), will be facing a star-studded field of male competitors, including Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee (GBR), IRONMAN World Champions Sebastian Kienle and Patrick Lange of Germany, two-time Top 5 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship finisher Sam Appleton (AUS), as well as five-time IRONMAN France winner Frederik van Lierde (BEL). American Rodolphe “Rudy” von Berg is a dark horse who could surprise after spending his adolescent years in the area of Nice and is very familiar with the landscape of the course. Notably absent will be defending champion Jan Frodeno who will be focusing on the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i this year.

Below is the pro men’s start list for the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship:

BIB LAST FIRST COUNTRY
1 Gomez Javier ESP
2 Brownlee Alistair GBR
3 Kienle Sebastian GER
4 Lange Patrick GER
5 Kanute Ben USA
6 Heemeryck Pieter BEL
7 Appleton Sam AUS
8 Bowden Adam GBR
9 Von Berg Rodolophe USA
11 Blummenfelt Kristian NOR
12 Van Lierde Frederik BEL
14 Don Tim GBR
15 Wild Ruedi SUI
16 Starykowicz Andrew USA
17 Amorelli Igor BRA
18 Angert Florian GER
19 Ascenco Santiago BRA
20 Boecherer Andi GER
21 Collington Kevin USA
22 Lagerstrom Eric USA
23 Long Sam USA
24 Smales Elliot GBR
25 Aernouts Bart BEL
26 Bækkegård Daniel DEN
27 Clavel Maurice GER
28 Dreitz Andreas GER
30 Goodwin George GBR
32 Laundry Jackson CAN
34 Maciel Da Silva Paulo Roberto BRA
36 Phillips Mike NZL
37 Weiss Bradley RSA
38 Amberger Josh AUS
39 Azevedo Filipe POR
40 Bowstead Mark NZL
41 Burton Matt AUS
42 Carillo Avila Alan MEX
43 Dapena Gonzalez Pablo ESP
44 Davis Thomas GBR
45 Deckard Robbie USA
46 Guillaume Romain FRA
47 Iden Gustav NOR
48 Jarrige Yvan FRA
49 Kalashnikov Ivan RUS
50 Kibby Mitchell AUS
51 Lopes Andre BRA
52 Mainwaring David AUS
53 Moody Jack NZL
54 Norte Banjo PHI
55 Pereda Joaquin MEX
56 Pictor Sam GBR
57 Pohl Jason CAN
58 Polizzi Alexander AUS
59 Rea Tim AUS
60 Reichel Horst GER
62 Rolli Markus GER
63 Serrano Francisco MEX
64 Sowieja Dominik GER
65 Sowinski Milosz POL
66 Viennot Cyril FRA
67 Vinuto Josino Iuri BRA

For more information about the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event, please visit www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/world-championship.aspx.

For more information on the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 brands and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media may contact press@ironman.com.

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About the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

In 2006 the inaugural IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship was held in Clearwater, Florida becoming another test for the world’s elite triathletes. Since that auspicious beginning, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has grown in stature and popularity moving first to Henderson, Nevada in 2011, where athletes encountered a more challenging terrain and then to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec—its first stop on the new “global rotation” for the championship. The event reached European soil for the first time ever in 2015, with Zell am See, Austria, hosting an epic and memorable event. In 2016, the race moved from the mountains to the beaches of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. In 2017, the race returned to the United States, taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee where it became a two-day event for the first time. In 2018, the event reached the African continent for the first time and was hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa. Continuing the rotation, 2019 sees the French Riviera and Nice, France play host to the ever-growing championship event. More than 200,000 athletes participate annually in a series of qualifying races, consisting of over 100 events in locations such as Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, North America, South Africa and Switzerland. Hosting more than 5,000 athletes from around the world, participants in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship have ranged in age from 18 to 85-plus. In 2020, the event will move to Taupõ, New Zealand where there is a long and storied IRONMAN history that spans 20 years before reaching the Red Rocks of St. George, Utah in the United States in 2021.

About The IRONMAN Group

As part of Wanda Sports Group, The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with more than 235 events across 55+ countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

About Wanda Sports Group

Wanda Sports Group (Nasdaq: WSG) is a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform with a mission to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams. Through our businesses, including Infront and The IRONMAN Group, we have significant intellectual property rights, long-term relationships and broad execution capabilities, enabling us to deliver unrivalled sports event experiences, creating access to engaging content and building inclusive communities. We offer a comprehensive array of events, marketing and media services through three primary segments: Mass Participation, Spectator Sports and Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS). Our full-service platform creates value for our partners and clients as well as other stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from rights owners, to brands and advertisers, and to fans and athletes.

Headquartered in Beijing, China, Wanda Sports Group has more than 60 offices and 1,600 employees around the world.